Brad Meltzer has never been shy about dropping comic book references into his best-selling thriller novels. But for his most recent book, the writer put DC Comics history right on the cover. Out this week is “The House of Secrets,” a new novel written by Meltzer with Tod Goldberg that stakes new ground in the novelist’s run of political-based suspense stories. This time out, Meltzer takes a page from his own life as TV host of History’s “Decoded” by spinning a story of the daughter of a conspiracy cable show host who gets caught up in her own mystery plot. Aside from pulling the title directly from the classic DC Comics horror series, the author said this book is his most meta novel ever, as it plays with both his own personal history, and the building blocks of the thriller genre. In a wide-ranging discussion with CBR News, the writer opens up on how he had to get self critical to make “The House of Secrets” work, why he’s better at universe-building now than he’s ever been, whether he’ll ever make it to superhero TV and what the legacy of his breakout superhero mystery “Identity Crisis” will be in the wake of a more hopeful DC Universe post-Rebirth.